More than $80,000 has been secured for the engineering of the new Redmond Trail and the Floyd County Commission is ready to move forward with the project.

The board adopted a resolution at its Tuesday meeting approving and authorizing the execution of the agreement for engineering services for the trail.

The citizen group TRED — Trails for Recreation and Economic Development — presented the county with a check for $43,111 Tuesday morning and the City of Rome has committed $37,500 to the preliminary stage of work.

TRED was formed last year when the county was in danger of losing a federal grant to build the 1.5-mile paved Redmond Trail. Commissioners agreed to secure the construction grant if TRED worked to raise the money for engineering.

“TRED is very happy that the commissioners see the value in expanding the trail network in Rome to connect downtown to the Summerville Park neighborhood,” said Julie Smith, president of TRED.

“For TRED to work with both the city and county government on the Redmond Trail shows that trails serve a viable need both for recreation and transportation and creates a more livable community.”

Local company Williams, Sweitzer and Barnum Inc., will be in charge of the engineering and construction is slated to begin in 2015.

In other business:

  • Howard Gibson, head of the Rome-Floyd Building Inspection Department, presented the proposed increases to building inspection fees. It’s a joint department with the city and the Rome City Commission has already approved the changes.

Gibson told County Commissioners that there has not been an increase in fees since 2007. He said the building inspection office is self-funded, receiving no money from tax revenue.

Most of the basic fees for construction and remodeling permits would go up $10.00, according to the proposed change, which also includes some revisions to the building codes.

Commission Chairman Irwin Bagwell said County Attorney Tommy Manning would review the revisions before a vote on the matter at the board’s Jan. 14 meeting.

  • Assistant County Manager Noah Simon was recognized for receiving the Credentialed Manager designation from the International City-County Management Association.

Simon, who started with Floyd County last year, has been working on the accreditation over the last six or seven years, attending leadership programs and serving on numerous ICMA committees and task forces.

“It’s a very prestigious distinction,” County Manager Jamie McCord said. “He is one of only 41 credentialed managers in the state and it shows his commitment to high standards.”

  • The County Commission recognized Virginia Stubbs, an employee in the Tax Commissioner’s office, as the Employee of the Quarter.

Stubbs has dedicated more than 30 years of service to the county and the board said recent positive comments from citizens about Stubbs’ assistance made her an excellent candidate for the honor.

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